Ciwara Headcrest - Cloth, Wood - Chi Wara - Bambara - Mali

Description
Ciwara Headcrest - Cloth, Wood - Chi Wara - Bambara - Mali
2nd half 20th century - Good

The Tji Wara, also spelled Chi Wara or Ciwara, represents a stylized antelope and is used in different dance rituals. The Bamana ask for favorable conditions for their agricultural activities and a rich harvest. The ciwara is fixed on its dancers head, usually on a hat binded of reed. This is a female ciwara type which has a baby antelope on its back. This upright version is known as the Segou Style.

The Bamana are Mali´s largest ethnical group and have strong roots in agriculture. Over the centuries they developped sophisticated rituals to ask for spiritual guidance and agricultural succes.

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Lot details
Object
Ciwara Headcrest
Indigenous object name
Chi Wara
Ethnic group/ culture
Bambara
Region/ country
Mali
Material
Cloth, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
93×19×18 cm
Weight
880 g
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